Published on April 29th, 2021 | by University Communications


Join faculty member in diocese’s online discussion series, ‘Pope Francis’ Vision: Brothers and Sisters All’

Saint Leo University faculty member Dr. Stephen Okey, associate professor of philosophy, religion, and theology, will be a speaker for the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg’s upcoming online series, Pope Francis’ Vision: Brothers and Sisters All.

This three-part series will look at the pope’s encyclical letter, “Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship,” and will take place at 7 p.m., on Mondays, May 10, May 17, and May 24.

The diocese’s Office of Life, Justice, and Advocacy is hosting this series.

What does Fratelli Tutti, the encyclical of Pope Francis on fraternity and social friendship, have to say that is relevant for believers today? This three-part series that will explore the major themes of the document and give participants a chance to embrace Pope Francis’ vision for a new and better future.

The series includes:

May 10: Overcoming Indifference

Presenter: Jill Rauh
Rauh is director of education and outreach for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She holds a bachelor of arts from Marquette University, a master of arts in theology from Washington Theological Union, and a master of arts in international affairs from George Washington University. Before joining the USCCB in 2007, Rauh served as senior program associate of the Education for Justice project at the Center of Concern; worked in civic engagement with Latino youth; facilitated parish social ministry efforts; and served as an international volunteer with Rostro de Cristo in Ecuador.
Register for May 10 Session One

May 17: A New Vision (The Dream)

Presenter: Deacon Scott Paine
Paine was ordained in the Diocese of St. Petersburg in 2009 and is assigned to St. Mark the Evangelist parish in New Tampa. He and his wife, Carol, have 10 children, including seven adopted children, and seven grandchildren. He served on the communication and government and world affairs faculties of the University of Tampa for 22 years. He also served two terms as a Tampa City Council member. Today, he is the director of leadership development and education for the Florida League of Cities, writes a regular magazine column in QC, and conducts trainings and webinars on municipal government, ethics and ethics law, leadership, communication, and racial equity.
Register for May 17 Session Two

May 24: The Way Forward (Putting the Vision in Action) 
Presenters: Husband and wife team, Dr. Stephen Okey, associate professor, Saint Leo University and Paige Cargioli, holistic therapist
Cargioli is a holistic therapist practicing in South Tampa. In her practice, Open Heart Holistic Therapy, she uses the science of forgiveness to help people resolve the unresolved conflicts in their lives that cause them emotional and physical pain. She holds master’s degrees in mental health counseling and pastoral ministry from Boston College. She is professionally certified in Emotional Polarity Technique.

As a Saint Leo faculty member, Okey teaches courses in Catholic theology and ethics. He earned his master’s degree in theology from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his doctorate in systematic theology from Boston College. He is the author of A Theology of Conversation: An Introduction to David Tracy, published in 2018 with Liturgical Press Academic. He has published scholarly essays in Political Theology and Communicazioni Sociali. His research interests are in public theology, Catholic social teaching, and technology. Cargioli and Okey have been married since 2015 and live in Tampa with their daughter, Dorothy.
Register for May 24 Session Three

For more information, contact Sabrina Burton Schultz, director of Life, Justice, and Advocacy Ministry for the diocese at or call (727) 344-1611, extension 5325. Schultz is a 1993 Saint Leo graduate.

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